SUBARUPictures of how I Replaced the clutch on the Subaru Legacy Outback 2.2 engine.


The mechanism that transfers rotation energy from the engine to the transmission. It can be engaged or disengaged.
The large metal disk / gear bolted to the back of the crankshaft. Its heavy weight helps engine spin smoothly, its surface transfers energy to the clutch.
Idler Bearing:
A bearing in the center of the flywheel in which the transmission input shaft rests. Allows the shaft to spin independently of the flywheel while remaining centered.
Transmission Input Shaft:
The geared shaft that is turned by the clutch disk. It spins the gears in the transmission.
Clutch Disk:
A friction disk, splined to the transmission input shaft, and pressed against the flywheel. The friction against the flywheel transfers energy from the flywheel to the transmission input shaft.
Pressure Plate:
A metal friction surface, bolted to the flywheel, that presses the clutch disk onto the flywheel.
Pressure Plate Diaphragm:
Metal springs, arranged in a circular diaphragm, that press the pressure plate against the clutch disk.
Release Bearing:
A bearing that presses against the pressure plate diaphragm to release pressure from the pressure plate, which disengages the clutch, when you press the clutch pedal.
Oil Separator Plate:
A plate on the rear of the engine that doesn't hold in the oil.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. Screwdriver holds flywheel as I remove pressure plate bolts with a breaker bar.
    Screw Driver

  2. Removed clutch disk is worn out and I am guessing oil soaked.

  3. Removed flywheel is worn and burned. Note heat discolored metal.

  4. Here is a view of the inspection hole and cover that I could not find until the engine was out.
    Inspection Hole

  5. Back of engine is oily from a leak. Is the leak from the rear main seal, oil separator plate, or the transmission input shaft seal?
    Subaru oil leak in the oil separator plate

  6. It was the oil separator plate. I changed the oil separator plate, and the rear main seal too, for good measure. Link to that writup.

  7. Flywheel is machined nicely. Napa quoted me $60 and charged me $43 or something.

  8. Installed the idler bearing with some washers, deep socket, and a dead blow hammer. Flywheel is supported on wood to spare alignment pins.
    Idler Bearing

  9. AAAhhh. So that's INCH pounds, not FOOT pounds. Got it.
    Easy Out

  10. Holding alignment tool, hand tightening new pressure plate bolts.

  11. Used normal household insulation to re-foam the bottom plate under the flywheel. It looks like it is there to prevent dust getting in, and to let oil out. This seems to work.
    Plate Foam

  12. New idler bearing clips.

  13. White lithium grease on idler bearing release fork.

  14. Front of transmission cleaned. Shaft splines greased. Bearing and fork installed.
    Inspection Hole

  15. Put it all back together.

  16. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  17. Then I finished my beer.

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